Jokes on New England with April Fools' Snow

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An April Fool's Day snowstorm has left up to a foot of snow in parts of New England.

The spring Nor'easter was expected to last throughout the day, Friday, a bitter prank on residents eager for spring after a long, snow-filled winter.

Across the region, thousands of children received a spring snow day as schools cancelled classes.

In Northern New England, the snow changed the look of the landscape after a relatively snow-free March.

"Old man winter is not giving up without a fight this year," said David Gill, director of the Concord, N.H. Parks and Recreation Department.

By late Friday morning, falling tree limbs knocked out electricity for 30,000 homes and businesses in southern Maine and New Hampshire, officials said.

The dangerous weather conditions of wet, heavy snow caused several cars to slide off roadways.

The city of Portland, Maine wasn't fooled by Mother Nature though. Some towns removed the plow blades from their trucks, but Portland workers left them on. All 40 plow trucks were out Friday morning.

"We know better," city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said. "We're still in winter storm operations."

New York and Massachusetts also saw several inches of snow. Meanwhile, other parts of the Northeast received more rain.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Montgomery said the storm tracked farther east than some models predicted. The region's the most heavily populated parts of the region were spared from heavy snow.

Coastal parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut were expected to get mostly rain, or wet snow that won't accumulate.

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